The Bucket List Trip

Let me tell you my story. In August of 2016, my wife Benita and I took a lengthy “bucket list” trip. In our forty plus years of marriage, she had never been to the northeastern USA. She had heard stories from my early teens when I lived in New England as a military brat. She… Continue reading The Bucket List Trip

Thoughts on July 4th

  July 4th The following are my original thoughts on July 4th. — US Army Officer When I was a US Army officer I was there of my own volition to defend and to protect the life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness of others. At this time I voluntarily surrendered my own freedoms where… Continue reading Thoughts on July 4th

How God Uses Problems in Your Life

Problems Maybe like me, after you lost your spouse you found yourself faced with problems. Examples that challenged me included: Buying groceries Doing laundry and folding sheets Insurance claims Medical bills Car titles House deeds Claiming her small retirement account Changing the names on checking accounts Getting utilities that were in her name placed in… Continue reading How God Uses Problems in Your Life

A Front Porch View – Poem

  A Front Porch View He sat on a rustic cabin’s front porch. Mountain peaks in front for him to see. Back and forth moved his old wooden rocker. The view framed by pine and juniper trees. Some dog’s bark echoed in the distance. An engine wails, straining to climb the pass. A western tanager… Continue reading A Front Porch View – Poem

Memorial Day 2021

Memorials Memorial Day is a great way to remember. As a widower, I’ve lost my wife. I have the sweet remembrances of our decades together. I can use days like Memorial Day to educate my adult children and grandchildren about my country’s history and my family history. Three Holidays for the US Military In the… Continue reading Memorial Day 2021

Caregiving: Biblical Insights From My Journey

I had a “Bargain Booksy” ad last week for my book “Caregiving: Biblical Insights From a Caregiver’s Journey.” It’s just a way to advertise and promote the book. People sign up for a daily email for eBook bargains and received a daily email with books on sale in genres of their interest. My book is… Continue reading Caregiving: Biblical Insights From My Journey

Three Year Anniversary of My Wife’s Passing

Three Year Anniversary Today is the three year anniversary of my wife’s passing. So many in my age range have lost their beloved spouse. I can think of over a dozen people off the top of my head who’ve lost their life partner. Maybe today you could say a prayer for them. You know friends that… Continue reading Three Year Anniversary of My Wife’s Passing

Grief, Loss, and Transition Workshops

Workshops Have Value Before signing up for and attending, I knew grief, loss and transition workshops have value. I knew their value from more than an intellectual understanding. I had attended a twelve-week course on three different occasions.  In 2006, my late wife and I attend the classes offered by our church following my mother-in-law’s… Continue reading Grief, Loss, and Transition Workshops

Should I Get The Covid Vaccine?

DECISION TIME One decision you face as a widower concerns the Covid-19 vaccine. The question is to get the vaccine or not to get the vaccine. Maybe you’re like me, you have gone most of the last year without seeing your adult children and grandchildren. You wear facemask when you see them. Maintaining social distancing… Continue reading Should I Get The Covid Vaccine?

Start Taking Care of Your Life

Start Taking Care of Your Life Today We all have things in our lives that need taking care of.  I’ve been reminded of this too many times in the last six years as I’ve had my mother, then father, and finally my wife pass away. Add to that several friends who simply passed into eternity… Continue reading Start Taking Care of Your Life